You might remember a few months ago, when we covered the story of Fei Lam, this kid who had made over $130,000 selling what he claimed to be authentic white iPhone 4 conversion kits via his website. Heck, the kid even sold a kit to Steve Wozniak.

According to MacRumors, Apple filed a lawsuit against Lam and his parents yesterday, “claiming infringement and dilution of its trademarks and engaging in deceptive practices through his conversion kit sales through his website at”

Defendent Lam willfully and without authorization has used Apple’s trademarks in connection with the sale of his “White iPhone 4 Conversion Kits,” which among other things included white front and back panels with Apple’s logo and “iPhone” trademarks that are used in connection with the promotion and sale of Apple’s well known iPhone 4 handheld mobile digital electronic devices. Defendant at all times knew that Apple never has authorized the sale of white panels for its iPhone 4 mobile devices, and that he obtained these panels from sources that were not authorized by Apple or any of its suppliers to sell them.

Immediately after filing the suit, Apple filed a dismissal of the lawsuit, leading to believe that parties involved may have reached an agreement. Filing a dismissal allows Apple to file the claim again in the future if they choose to.

So why did Apple do that? My guess is that Apple wanted to send a chilling message out there to all the people involved in reselling trademarked parts without the company’s consent.

I think Apple did the right thing by not suing this kid to the full extent of the law. What do you think?


  • Apple needs to back. There are loads of other sites that are selling conversion kits and cases that are designed to look just like the iPhone. That’s the point. Why change the color if it doesn’t still look like an iphone

  • Burge

    Well if he sold a kit to steve wozniak …isnt he receiving parts that should be sold… ? ..and today I got my iHUB2 that is not made by Apple at all

    • Wirehedd

      missed my order for the iHub2 by MINUTES. The site was showing the orders as available but when I hit the refresh for my order it told me the product was no longer available. 🙂

      • Burge

        eBay ..that’s where I got mine.. Only cost £6.00 ar one point they where £20.00 …the price is back down now ..

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  • azharhamzahya

    seriusly …i’ve no idea..why the website link change to fake one…i not a spam

  • azharhamzahya


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  • azharhamzahya

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  • Tin Nguyen

    Look at what suing a kid did to Sony 😉

  • Gmg

    I think trademark case law has shown if you dont protect trademarks you could loose them. So Apple hands are tied even if the Woz himself was selling these they need to show due dilligence and protect the trademark or possibly loose it.